Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls. When you visit Niagara Falls it is obvious that you are there to capture one thing: the Falls. There is a wide area to cover when photographing the waterfalls especially since you are able to see it from two countries. You can choose to stick to one side, the United States side or the Canada side, or you can move between both to capture the waterfalls from all angles. Just make sure to have your passport on you!

Because this is such a cool and iconic place to take pictures of, we’re going to touch on the best places to photograph the Falls as well as additional locations around the state park that you can also stop by for other interesting pictures.

First off, if you’re looking to find some unique, classic, or recognizable pictures of Niagara Falls, you have to take pictures from these perspectives.



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The Gear

The gear we recommend is a good camera and the holy trinity.  A wide-angle lens.  14-24mm or something similar.  A 24-70mm or something similar and, of course, a 70-200mm or something similar.

If you do not have these particular lenses, do not worry; something similar will be just fine. It would be best if you also had a tripod.

Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls

1. Observation Tower

The Observation Tower requires a small fee during peak months for you to visit but it is well-worth the view you can get. If you hop on the Maid of Mist, it comes with your ride purchase. Otherwise, you can always visit after the Maid of the Mist is closed for the season and go up while it is free.

2. Terrapin Point

This spot is on Goat Island and gives you the opportunity to get a photo above Horseshoe Falls. You can take the walking path down to get a closer view of the water. There are also fireworks shows on some nights that can give you some amazing pictures as well.

3. Helicopter Tours

There’s no experience like heading up high into the sky to capture aerial pictures of the Falls. This is a chopper ride offered over the Falls that gives you incredible views of the entire area. Those that are lucky can even capture a rainbow appearing over the waters.  

Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls Rainbow Ari Helicopter Tours                                       

4. Whirlpool State Park

This is the place to be if you’re looking for photos of beautiful fall foliage and the Niagara River Rapids. There are plenty of hiking trails in the area to set up your camera and dodge the crowds. Gorgeous evergreen forests and vibrant blue waters you come across here will leave you in awe.

5. Three Sisters Islands

You can get to these islands from Goat Island by crossing three walking bridges. These historic bridges were named after the daughters of an early hotelman. When you are on Three Sisters Islands, you can get photos of the Upper Rapids speeding towards the Falls.

6. Prospect Point

Sunrise and sunset are the best times to visit Prospect Point to avoid crowds and fees. This is a great location to capture the American Falls and allows you to enjoy vistas from the best viewing spot in the state park.

Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls

7. Luna Island

Luna Island is a unique location to see the Falls because it is right between the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. It was named after the lunar rainbow phenomenon which is a rare occurrence that happens over the island.

8. Cave of the Winds Gorge Trip

Many people will tell you that this is a must-see spot while you’re in the area. Make sure you are well-prepared because water gets everywhere. You’ll get a water poncho and some sandals but make sure to wrap your camera in plastic to keep it protected. The Cave of Winds allows you to see the American Falls from up close while also learning some history. The Hurricane Deck is a fun spot to visit once you’ve made it down. You’ll get there after crossing through some bright red stairs.

Once you get your fill of Niagara Falls pictures, you can take your time exploring the state park. The best photo locations you’ll be able to find here are listed below.

9. Maid of Mist Entrance

image5The Maid of Mist is actually a boat ride that takes you to the falls. However, on the way over to the boat, there is a walking path along the side of the gorge that gives you some beautiful photo opportunities. You can visit these paths either before or after the boat ride and you’ll see boats heading to and from Horseshoe Falls, the Rainbow Bridge, and the American Falls.

Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls Maid of Mist Entrance

10. Maid of the Mist

Once you get on the Maid of Mist boat itself, you’ll have lots of opportunities to take pictures all the way up to the Falls. This is a great way to capture photos right on the water. At some point it’ll get too misty and windy for good shots so use this time to turn the camera on yourself and capture some memorable selfies.  

Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls Maid of Mist

11. Tunnels Behind Horseshoe Falls

image3You will be able to find this spot while you are on the “Journey Behind the Falls” tour. What many people don’t realize is that you can actually get a behind-the-falls experience. There are tunnels and carved rocks behind Horseshoe Falls and they will give you the most dynamic shots of the water coming over the Falls.

Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls Tunnels Behind horseshoe falls

12. Table Rock Centre

image7This is one of the most famous spots in the area and is located at the edge of Horseshoe Falls. This is where 2,8000 cubic meters of water pour over and crash down to the Falls below. Table Rock will give you front-row seats to these powerful nature scenes.

Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls Table Rock Centre

Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls

13. Niagara Falls Illumination

image4The Falls are completely lit up in rainbow colors in the evening and make Niagara Falls even more beautiful. This was a tradition that began in 1925 and has become a huge LED display that creates a cool light show combination that looks stunning in any photo.

Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls Table Rock Centre Niagara Falls Illumination

14. Skylon Tower

The Skylon Tower is usually in the background of photos but it can also be a cool piece of architecture to feature in your shots. It has a vantage point of 775 feet above the falls and is considered one of the best observation points. However, making the tower the focus will also be an interesting photo.

Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls Skylon Tower

15. Queen Victoria Park

This park is beautiful to stroll through and take photos of. It is located beside the falls and always has impressive floral arrangements on display. This is a great option to get to know the local character and to capture some really cool shots, especially during the New Year’s celebrations when lights decorate the entire park.

These are the Best Photography Spots in Niagara Falls

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